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February 13, 2015 Lawrence 'D' Pew

Avoid These 5 Common Mistakes When Applying for Social Security Disability:

1.) Collecting unemployment while waiting for social security disability benefits.
When you are applying for social security disability, you are claiming that you are unable to work for at least 12 months due to a physical or mental impairment. Unemployment, on the other hand, means that you are ready for work and are waiting for the right job that fits your work experience. If you are receiving unemployment when applying for social security disability, it can harm the chances of approval for your claim.

2.) Not seeing a doctor for your medical or emotional problems
If you have not seen a doctor for any of your health concerns, physical or mental, it will be hard to convince Social Security that it is serious enough to receive benefits. Social Security claim examiners base most of their decision on the applicant’s medical records. Although, medical records help prove your case, Social Security cannot say no to an applicant solely for the fact that they have not seen a doctor. In this case, the disability examiner will schedule a consultative exam with a private physician for a medical opinion to base their decision off of.

3.) Not taking medication prescribed by your doctor
Failing to comply and follow your doctor’s treatment plan can affect your disability case. Often times Social Security will award you benefits in regards to the credibility of your statements. This means that they must believe you when you say that the symptoms you are having prevent you from being able to work. One way to check your credibility is if you have been following your doctor’s treatment plan such as taking medications, using a cane or a brace, and attending follow up appointments.

4.) Not declaring mental conditions on Social Security Disability application
Both physical and mental impairments are placed into consideration by Social Security. Since disability claim examiners and judges base their decision off of the applicants inability to perform work duties, it is in the applicant’s best interest to include all symptoms that could limit them. Examiners are required to review and consider all medical and emotional impairments that would limit the applicant in the workplace.

5.) Not checking your status of your disability claim
How often you check the status of your claim will give you an idea of the status your claim is at. This is where having legal representation is a huge benefit in getting results. The different levels of a disability claim are the initial claim, the reconsideration appeal, and the disability hearing level. It is also known that the Social Security Administration can sometimes lose paperwork, so it is important that you check the status of your claim regularly to ensure that it is on track. It is also known that Social Security examiners sometimes fail to notify the applicant that the application has been denied. Let Pew Law Center take the lead in staying on top of your application status.

Pew Law Center is here to help avoid these mistakes as you battle to get the social security disability that you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and we can get your claim on the right track.

Source: www.nolo.com

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